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Tellico Community Players

A Proud Member of the American Associaton of Community Theater AACT

Tellico Community Players is a Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) 


Our Mission 

The Mission of the Tellico Community Players is to provide an outlet for creative community involvement in the theatre arts

and to offer quality performances that enrich, entertain, and educate our audiences

Tellico Community Players History

The Tellico Village Players was formed in 1990 by the late John Sullivan and his sister-in-law, Barb Wozniak. The first production was “Dirty Work Afoot,” a melodrama that was staged at the Tellico Village Yacht Club in the fall of 1990.

In 1991 talented and theater-interested villagers officially formed the Tellico Village Players, which later became know as the Tellico Community Players (TCP). They elected officers, wrote a charter and received their non-profit status. Local villagers like Carl Burke, Paula Carrico, Gene Wozniak, Bill Peterson, Inge Boyce, Bev Sullivan, Betty Cowley, Jean and Jack Reich and Helen Nicholson got the organization going. Also among the significant founders were Pat Provart, Doris and Bill Ryan, and Karla and Dean Winkler.

An off shoot of TCP called Readers Theater was developed in 2010 by Debbie Mayberry. This was established to give those people who find memorization too difficult the thrill of acting but in a different way. They can read their parts and use props and costumes to entertain their audiences with delightful stories.

In 2011 Debbie Mayberry once again organized another extension of the TCP Readers Theater, calling themselves The Prime Time Players. Their initial project was to take readers' theater programs into the area schools. This project, known as the School Tour Program, has grown and now annually reaches over 4200 elementary school children in our neighboring communities. Subsequently, they began developing an after-school program that involves working with students on their own readers' theater productions.

Venues for performing the plays by TCP had to move around to a variety of places. In 2013 the Board pursued the possibility of having their own theater. In July 2014 the Board began to create the theater. Due to the generosity of the community, $100,000.00 was raised to deconstruct the former T.V. Library and construct the new theater. Donna Akey, owner of the building, was gracious in allowing TCP to have the space with an affordable lease. TCP became debt-free in February of 2015, once again due to the support of the community. The theater opened in October 2014 with the play “Red Velvet Cake War.”

In 2015 the theater auditorium was named Patricia Smith Theater, through the generous sponsorship by Jim Smith in honor of his late wife. That same year, TCP went to on-line ticket sales and in 2016 started offering season tickets for the coming years.

Since the opening of the 136-seat theater, the productions have filled the theater to capacity. With the talented and hard-working, all volunteer casts and crews, and the technical enhancements with sound and lighting, TCP has accomplished a new level of professionalism. AND it only gets better and better.

Submitted by,

Betty Ann Sterner, Historian

HomeOwners Association of Tellico Village

Tellico Village Property Owners Association

Loudon County Chamber of Commerce

Loudon County Visitor Information

Web design: Ali Davis

2021 Board of Directors

President.                     Dennis Loy

Vice President.             Hugh Aukerman

Secretary.                     Rosie Sylvester

Treasurer.                     Joe Marlette

Business Manager.       Len Willis

Past President.             Sue Aukerman

Artistic Director.            Sauni Rinehart

Technical Director.        Tony Licata

 Directors at Large

  Ali Davis

  Jim Davis

  John Swenson

  James Fisher
  Polly Roberts

Open Membership Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 P.M.  

Are held at:

The Tellico Community Players' Office * 

304 Lakeside Plaza * Loudon, TN 37774

Behind Little Italy, around the side. 


Masks are suggested if you have not been vaccinated or if you have health conditions that make you more vulnerable to aCOVID 19 and its variants. The following COVID precautions will be in place: cleaning of the theatre prior to performances, and placement of hand sanitizers.

This policy is subject to change depending on altering Covid realities.